• Sticker Nation

    Get your sticker paper ready! Issue 3 of Wallspankers is out now. Check out their site to download the PDF sticker zine, featuring over 250 black & white stickers. This issue showcases work from 80 artists, including Mista Breakfast, Ryan North, Pedro Lourenco and Amy Rice.
  • Good Morning

    If the start of your day usually consists of falling out of bed 20 minutes late and rushing to the train with a stale bagel in your hand, take a little inspiration from 3191 A Year of Mornings. Created by early-rising friends Stephanie and Mav, this collaborative photoblog is their way of sharing their mornings with each other every day for a year.
  • One Thing Leads to Another

    Tim Fort’s kinetic art illustrates just what can be accomplished by a man with a plan, plenty of spare time and an arsenal of dominoes. (Speaking of spare time, you’re about to experience six whole minutes of domino rally madness. You’d better be sitting down.)
  • Foreign Films

    The French music blog La Blogotheque films bands performing out of their element, from Islands walking down the street to Jens Lekman in the middle of a school gymnasium. They call them Concerts a Emporter, or “Concerts on the Go.” Filmed on the spot with a simple camera and microphone, they capture some pretty amazing musical moments.
  • Back to the Future

    If hindsight is 20/20, what does that say about foresight? Find out here, where you can write yourself an email and have it sent sometime in the future. Not into talking to yourself? Browse around and read other people’s emails to themselves, from the hilarious to the tragic to the just plain strange.
  • New Year New Art

    My 2007 is an exhibition at Colette of work by tons of artists, such as Amber B, Fafi, Shepard Fairey, Jeremyville, Ryan McGinness, Gary Baseman and Takashi Murakami. Each piece represents what the artist hopes for in the coming year.
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    Mick Noses Was Here

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  • Illinoise

    When: Friday, January 5th Where: Urban Outfitters/935 Rush Street/Chicago What: Tunes, pictures, people Why: Why not?
  • UO Journal: Skating Makes Me Smile

    Urban Outfitters is proud to present Urban Outfitters Journal issue 2, the next in a series of print publications that represent the culture and stories behind the UO Men’s Brand, coming soon to select UO Stores and online. 

    Skater Olan Prenatt, age 19, has begun to elevate his career as one of the leading ambassadors for the future of the sport. Known for his flow on the board, Olan has pioneered the modern L.A. skateboarding lifestyle. As a native of the city, he has grown with its booming streetwear and skate scene and has become the unsung poster child of what it means to be from Los Angeles, a dying ideology in a transient metropolis. Since he never remembers a time when he hasn’t skated, Olan is the truest form of what it means to ride in L.A. His affiliation with one of the best skate crews in Los Angeles, Illegal Civilization, puts him among the ranks of some of the top names in skating, multimedia and streetwear with The Game, Tyler the Creator, and Andrew Reynolds all holding it down for the crew. In the recent Illegal Civilization video, “Chestnuts Roasting”, Olan can be seen growing out of his teenage years spent riding in Air Jordans, a hat tip to the Bones Brigade, and into the skater he’ll become.
    Words by Justin Esposito 
    Photos by Nick Minkler

    What did you like about skating as a kid? 
    I liked being out. I lived on Speedway in Venice, which is the last street before the beach. Who wants to be inside when they live right by the beach, you know? I always chilled with older people, so it was cool being more mature than my friends at school. Skateboarding taught me a lot of street knowledge: who to mess with, who not to, just because there are so many crazy types of people in Venice. I just really like smiling, and skating makes me smile. And I like seeing my friends in the park. If I didn’t skate, I probably wouldn’t have a lot of friends.

    What was it like growing up and skating in Los Angeles? 
    As I grew up, I started to realize there is no place on earth like L.A. When I began to travel when I was young, I would be like “people live here?” The weather is a big advantage when skating in L.A. Every place’s culture depends on the weather.

    Was there a moment when skating began to gain momentum for you? Or is it something you just fell into?
    I’ve been skating my whole life and I’ve always been progressing. But, I remember when I got my first check for skateboarding from Rogue Status. One of the owners, Jasper, called me when I was on my way to Westchester Skatepark and he said “I’m trying to have a meeting with you and your parents, I’m trying to pay you to skate.” I felt rich because I was doing something I loved, though money is not the motivation for skating.

    Who was the original crew you came up with in L.A.? Did you do it alone?
    It was me, my homie Moe, my brother Andrew, and Stuart Kirst who is on 917. We all grew up riding and we used to go out and film every day. We would meet so many new people skating in Venice because there are so many tourists, so every skateboarder would go down there. That used to be the spot, even for the pros. Chad Muska and all those dudes would be there.

    Do you feel like you represent a new era in L.A. skaters?
    I don’t think I represent a new era, but I am part of a new era of skaters. All my friends from Illegal Civ just skate around L.A. We know everyone in L.A., everyone knows us. We just do what we want and it’s not based on what other people think. Mikey Alfred makes crazy clothes because he likes them, not because people think they’re cool.

    You’re known for skating in Air Jordans. Are Air Jordans actually good to skate in? 
    Yeah! My favorite shoes to skate in Jordan IVs and Xs.

    What is Illegal Civilization?
    It’s not really a company, but a group of friends who came up skating together. And if you were the homie you would come and film with us. Mikey Alfred, who is the owner of Illegal Civilization, is also the videographer. So whoever went out with Mikey and filmed was part of the crew.

    What influences your sense of fashion and lifestyle?
    Okay, my favorite TV show is Martin and that’s where I get all those crazy colors from. Also, I like getting deals. I would go down to this store Last Chance that Sportie L.A. used to run. They would have so many shoes for like ten dollars, nothing made past 2005. There were shoes that were yellowing and old, stuff that no one liked, and I would rock them. Whatever people don’t like, I do. I would look at myself and be like “That is so tight,” especially since no one else is wearing that.

    What do you want to gain out of skateboarding?
    I would like to use skateboarding as a gateway into anything. Whatever I can do to branch out, like acting, music, starting a company, anything. Because no one skates for their whole life. I want to do whatever I can do to stay in the industry.

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  • UO Journal: The Burger Revolution

    Urban Outfitters is proud to present Urban Outfitters Journal issue 2, the next in a series of print publications that represent the culture and stories behind the UO Men’s Brand, coming soon to select UO Stores and online. 

    How two guys living in one small Southern California record shop turned their Rock n’ Roll lifestyle into a global movement.
    Photos by Alex McDonell

    Anyone who’s ever watched a few minutes of professional wrestling knows that it’s a lot more peacockish an activity than, say, baseball or basketball. Wikipedia describes the sport as barely a sport, but an “athletic form of entertainment based on a fictionalized, highly exaggerated portrayal of a combat sport.” See? It’s the last word they use in a string of much more colorful ones, almost like an afterthought.

    Burger Records’ founders Lee Rickard and Sean Bohrman love professional wrestling, and when they formed their first band together, called The Noise!, they mirrored it after that same shock value philosophy. The Southern California punk band was an alternative to all the other ‘90s punk groups their friends were creating at the time. “We were starting big fires and bleeding [on stage], and we were getting written up in magazines and papers. Our friends knew how to play music, and they weren’t getting any attention, but we were just being flamboyant and ridiculous,” Lee explains. “Sean still has a scar on his chin that reopens time and time again from when I smashed a ukulele on his head.”

    Ukuleles, old guitars, computers, broken down electronics, records—whatever The Noise! fans could carry to one of the band’s shows, they would. And they’d donate these items to be used as stage props. “And we’d smash them instead of learning to play music,” Sean puts it bluntly.

    After years of onstage antics, Lee and Sean started Burger Records, a garage pop-leaning label that eventually became not only a sanctuary for young Rock n’ Roll kids, but a cool place to shop for records while in Fullerton and a well-qualified imprint.

    In some ways, Burger Records was influenced by the world of wrestling, too. In wrestling, different countries have different regional circuits. Eventually, the bigger circuits start consuming the smaller ones, rolling them up into even larger circuits to become one big force to be reckoned with.
    “When we first started Burger Records, we were like, ‘Man, if we can have the best teen bands in America, people would be talking. If we could infiltrate the high schools, then it would be this thing,’” Lee explains. Which is exactly what they did, first honing in on Southern California, in schools like the one they both attended in Anaheim, where Sean and Lee first met in 1998 during a Four Letter Word show.

    Four Letter Word, described by Lee as “The Village People of punk rock,” took the then 16-year-old, bright-eyed Lee on his first tour, which taught him how to book out of town shows. That experience, coupled with the WWE circuit mentality, helped Lee and Sean forge a path for the label that exceeded Southern California—where their record shop and headquarters still exists. This, they say, is how the Burger Revolution started.

    The Burger Revolution is one weekend’s worth of shows held simultaneously across the globe. To participate, you just book and set up a show in your town and shoot Sean and Lee a note to make it official. Then, the guys will heave the show under the Burger umbrella and help you promote it. In 2014, the Burger Revolution took place everywhere from Las Vegas, Nevada to Huainan, China, and countless in-betweens.

    With that said, Burger Records isn’t just Burger Records anymore. It’s a label, a record shop, a global booking and promotional tour de force. It’s a movement, really, and also recently launched its own subsidiary label, Wiener Records, to help bands with cassette pressings, artwork design, and promotion… all for a nominal fee.

    “Wiener is one of my favorite ideas that we’ve come up with,” Lee says. Because of it, he was finally able to move out of the record shop, where he slept on couches and floors in between the aisles for close to four years. Sean, who’s built a loft space in the back room office, has been there for more than seven. “Wiener rules. Wiener is blowing up. When you think about a hot dog,” Lee goes on, “lord only knows what they put in it. Well, that’s the same with our subsidiary. Everyone’s a Wiener. We’ll put anything in there.”

    As for Burger? This June, they’ll be reissuing the 1986 record from a retired Welsh professional wrestler named Adrian Street. It’s called Shake, Wrestle and Roll. Adrian, who came up in the ‘70s and ‘80s and was known for his really ornate wrestling suits—as so many are—later moved to Memphis to record music with his band, The Pile Drivers. “It’s like Gary Glitter, Rock n’ Roll weirdness but it’s all about breaking bones and strangling people,” says Sean of the record, “it’s the perfect combination.”

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